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The 91st annual Waa Mu Show returns to the Cahn Auditorium

After two years of virtual production of the Waa-Mu show, the co-chairs of Northwestern University’s 91st Annual Waa-Mu Show have announced that the show will be relocated to the Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., on the Evanston campus . A Peculiar Inheritance, a thriller with antiques, celebrities and secrets, runs from April 29 to May 8, 2022.

Ticket sales will start on November 29th on the Wirtz Center website.

The Waa-Mu show is written, composed, choreographed and co-produced by more than 100 Northwestern students. The co-chairs of Waa-Mu 2022 are Daniel Maton (’24) and Madeline Oberle (’23). At the head of the writing process are the writing coordinators Francesca Wimer (’23), Jared Son (’23), Mitchell Huntley (’23) and Trevor K. Band (’22).

“A Peculiar Inheritance” takes place in the estate of a respected watchmaker, the late Archibald Beaucourt. There, Archibald’s friends and family are participating in an auction of his most valuable possessions, and everything goes smoothly – that is, until a unique watch disappears in the middle of the auction. The watchmaker’s child, still making up for grief over the strained relationship with his father, must find the watch before the thief escapes. As the mystery begins to unravel, family secrets come into the spotlight.

“A Peculiar Inheritance” is the triumphant return of the Waa-Mu Show to personal theater and our home in the Cahn Auditorium, “said Maton, one of the two co-chairs. “I can’t wait to welcome the audience back to Cahn as we continue this storied tradition.”

“This year’s story is a compelling mystery full of twists and turns and tension,” said Son, a coordinator for the writing. “We can’t wait to see the audience try to put it together.”

“At its core, this show is about getting together as a family and connecting after a loss. It feels especially resonant when we’re doing our first show in person again, ”said Wimer, also a co-ordinator for the writing. “We’re creating a farce piece with larger-than-life characters to bring a sense of fun and excitement to the stage.”

Co-Chair Madeline Oberle added, “The past two years have been incredibly difficult for everyone, but especially for prospective college students. With half of Northwestern students still new to Northwestern campus, we are excited to use our organization as a space where people feel included and welcome at Northwestern. The most important part of being a theater is the community with which you create it. ”

History of the Waa-Mu Show

The Waa-Mu show began in 1929 when the Women’s Athletic Association (WAA) partnered with the Men’s Union (MU) in a performance of original student-written material. The show has traditionally been a musical revue consisting of northwest-inspired vignettes linked by a theme. However, over the past decade, the Waa-Mu show has grown into an original full-length musical with book, lyrics, and orchestration by students.

Earlier cast members include Walter Kerr in the 1930s; Claude Akins, Sheldon Harnick, Cloris Leachman, Paul Lynde, Charlotte Rae, and Tony Randall in the 1940s; Warren Beatty, Penny Fuller, and Garry Marshall in the 1950s; Karen Black, Frank Galati, Ann-Margret, and Tony Roberts in the 1960s; Laura Innes and Shelley Long in the 1970s; Gregg Edelman, Ana Gasteyer, and Megan Mullally in the 1980s; Zach Braff, Brian d’Arcy James, Heather Headley, Jason Moore, and Kate Shindle in the 1990s; and more recently Jenny Powers.

Please visit the Waa Mu Show website for more information.

The Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts shows more than 40 productions in the fields of theater, musical theater and dance each year. Bachelor actors, managers and playwrights, along with graduated actors, designers, directors and dramaturges, work on classical and contemporary works for audiences of all ages. The center is based on the academic mandate of the university, the curricular needs of the theater and performance departments and the pedagogical focus of communication students. It exists in the service of the campus and the wider Chicago metropolitan community.

The Wirtz Center is a member of the Northwestern Arts Circle, which brings together film, humanities, literature, music, theater, dance and the visual arts.

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